The plainclothes NYPD officer who was shot in the cheek in Queens last night has now been placed into a medically induced coma—and the suspect accused of shooting him has been charged with attempted murder.
Suspect Demetrius Blackwell, 35, has been charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of assault, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Officer Brian Moore, 25, was on patrol around 6:15 p.m. Saturday evening with his partner in a car on 212th Street near 104th Avenue in Queens Village when they approached a man who was "walking and adjusting an object in his waistband," according to Police Commissioner Bratton. When Moore and partner Erik Jansen approached the man, Blackwell allegedly immediately started firing at them, getting off at least three shots according to cops. "They were gonna stop him and he just opened up on them," a police source told the News.
After what Bratton described as an intensive 90-minute search of the area, cops located Blackwell, who is a younger cousin of former Giants cornerback Kory Blackwell. The Times adds:
Mr. Bratton described Mr. Blackwell as a man with a history of arrests — including robbery and criminal possession of a weapon — and said that he had served time in prison.
Mr. Bratton said that officers had been seeking Mr. Blackwell, who lives a block away from the site of the shooting, on 104th Avenue, to speak with him in connection with a crime, though whether he was a suspect or a witness was not immediately clear.
The News says that Blackwell had been hiding in a neighbor's house after the shooting. "The way he was acting I didn’t think he would do anything like that," the 19-year-old neighbor told the Daily News. "I’m mad upset. If I knew, he wouldn’t be in my house."
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Moore was shot in the left cheek and the bullet went out the right side of his head, toward the back of the head, a law enforcement official told the Times. The officer, who joined the department in 2010, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital. He was listed as being in critical but stable condition, and was placed into a medically induced coma late last night.
"Our hearts are with his family," Mayor de Blasio said at last night's press conference. "It is a painful day for all of us. It is a painful day for all New Yorkers. It's a painful day for all members of the NYPD."